Super Star Virgo

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#1
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Joined Jul 2005
Hi all

I am new to both these baords and to cruising. we are planning a trip to Asia in March 2006 and are booking the Super Star Virgo 5 night cruise.

Has anyone been on this ship?

We are taking our 20 month old son with us- any tips?

Thanks in advance

#3
6,487 Posts
Joined Jul 2005
The SuperStar Virgo is a sister to ship of the Norwegian Spirit, which was formally the SuperStar Leo. The Virgo is the pride of StarCruises fleet. Having spent some time in Singapore, I'm sure you'll love your cruise.

I cruised Alaska on the Norwegian Spirit. I'm sure the Virgo is just as nice as the Spirit. Most of the orginal crew of the Spirit were shipmates of the Leo. They will work hard to pamper you.

Although my time in Singapore was over a decade ago, I do wish to return. The area is lovely....
#4
Taipei, Taiwan (originally NYC)
542 Posts
Joined Nov 2002
Hi little poppett,

I am originally from New York, but have been working and living in Taiwan for twenty years.

Since Star Cruises first started, about twelve years ago, I have sailed all their ships, past and present, countless times.

Virgo is a fantastic ship. A perfect size. Her decor is bright and bold with many Asian touches. The crew/staff hail from many nations and they are all warm, friendly and eager to please. They are good!

I am in the restaurant/bar business and I can honestly say that the food aboard Virgo is fine, in all the inclusive outlets. I favor the Bella Vista Dining Room. There are other a la carte' restaurants onboard such as The Taj, which has very fine Indian food. This outlet has won awards, by the way.
Then there is Bellini for fine Italian food.

The cabins, while not huge, are perfectly adequate and comfortable in all cabin categories. You will not find yourself bumping into each other. If you are booking a "balcony cabin," try to get one on Deck 10 or 9. The cabins on Deck 11 are directly under the pool area, and at times you can hear furniture moving around. But, this was no big bother to me.

The Lido Theatre is fantastic. Their current production show "Sorpresa" is not to be missed!

I think of Virgo, as well as some other ships in Star's fleet, "my home away from home." To me Virgo gets better each time I sail aboard her.

If you have any other questions, please ask and I will do my best to give you answers.

I KNOW you will have a great cruise.

Regards,

Mike--currently in TaiShan,China, and sailing Star Pisces 02 Sept.
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#5
Sussex, England
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Originally posted by little poppett
we are planning a trip to Asia in March 2006 and are booking the Super Star Virgo 5 night cruise.
Suggest you read, if you have not already done so, my review on the Virgo http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...m?EntryID=6832
I loved her - but we were spoilt and were in the best suites. She is a fantastic ship, always spotlessly clean, and we would love to go on her again.
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#6
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Joined Sep 2005
Hi Mike,

I read ur post & thought you could help me with something. I plan to do the star virgo cruise with my aged parents late november, but can't decide whether we shd do balcony class or not. How big is the balcony? Is it open or covered all round by glass panes? Is it worth spending that much extra for the balcony?

Regards,
Swati
#7
Sussex, England
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Originally posted by ardan
Hi Mike,

How big is the balcony? Is it open or covered all round by glass panes? Is it worth spending that much extra for the balcony?
IMHO it is always worth having a balcony. Of course the size varies as to the class of cabin. They are open but a couple can easily sit on them. My cousin's boyfriend even proposed on one knee on one!
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#9
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Joined Sep 2005
I've been on the super star virgo last week and it was wonderful!!

it was magic:the staff, the food,shows(sorpresa...),excursion...are fantastic!!

ps:wanted a guy who was on the superstar virgo(09/18/05 to 09/23/05) with his family, 16-18 years old
please contact me it's very important!! [email protected]
#10
Taipei, Taiwan (originally NYC)
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Hi Swati,

I think the balcony's are worth the extra money. While they are not huge, they are comfortable for two people to sit and relax. They are narrow, but two chairs and a table are provided. Plus, there are some extra perks that go with having a balcony cabin.

Yes, the "SORPRESA" show is absolutely outstanding. With a balcony cabin you have priority seating on the upper level of The Lido showroom. Nice and comfy seating.

Go for it!

Regards,
Mike--just off the Star Pisces
#11
Perth, Australia
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Joined Oct 2005
Hi, I'm new to these boards and I hope I posted this in the right place. We are planning a cruise on the Virgo next year but we are undecided if to take the kids with us (aged 7 and 12). I have been on a few websites and read reviews about kids activities, but I'm more confused than before. Hopefully someone out there can help, any information will be appreciated.
Is there a charge for all kids activities?
Are the kids allowed to eat with their parents or do they have to adhere to set dinner times?
Are they allowed to watch the shows eg. at the Lido?
Are they allowed to use the pool with their parents?

Thanking you in advance
#12
Taipei, Taiwan (originally NYC)
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Joined Nov 2002
Hi Doubletrouble in Oz,

By all means take your kids. There are plenty of activities for them. Yes, they can eat with you if you choose.

Below find a link to Star Cruises kids activities. Lot's for them to do.
Also if you check their homepage website, you can sign them up in the Star Cruisers Kid Program.

http://www.starkidsclub.com/Program/Virgo/index.html

You adults and the kids alike will really like Virgo!

Regards,

Mike--in Taipei
#13
Perth, Australia
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Joined Oct 2005
Mike,

Thanks for the reply. I did check the link and it sounds fantastic. Looks like the kids are definitely kept busy onboard! I have read however that the kids are not permitted in the Parthenon pool. Is this true? Also, do you know if they are allowed to watch the show at the Lido? My 7 yeard old daughter is crazy about all the stuff (future crew member?)

Cheers

Justine
#14
Taipei, Taiwan (originally NYC)
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Hi Justine,

Yes, the activities for kids are great. And I have heard comments that the kids counselors are fantastic.

The Parthenon Pool is ADULTS ONLY. They are strict about this.
But I'll tell you something,,,,,,,,I myself enjoy sitting around "Neptune's Wet and Wild" kids pool and area. It is superb. Also the view aft from this area is great. Kids love it here. Guess I'm a kid-at-heart!
You can however, have a quick walk through of the Parthenon Pool with your kids, just don't linger there.

Children are allowed in The Lido. They have every right to see the shows just as we do. But out of consideration for other passengers, make sure they're quiet during the show. Your kids will be mesmerized, as will you too, by the "Sorpresa" show. I have been there, done that on many cruise ships, but this show is truly outstanding.

Take the cruise with all your family and just relax and enjoy. Odds are, you won't see too much of the kids anyway. They'll be far too busy.

I can't tell you how many times I have been aboard SSV. And I still look forward to my next and next.

Have a great cruise!

Best regards,

Mike
#16
Taipei, Taiwan (originally NYC)
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Joined Nov 2002
Justine it is my pleasure to help you in any way I can.

Very glad to hear that you are booking the cruise tomorrow. I can be certain that all of you will have a great cruise.
Which cruise/itinerary are you sailing?

Please tell us all about it on your return.

If you need any more help, just ask.

Ciao,

Mike
#18
Taipei, Taiwan (originally NYC)
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Joined Nov 2002
Justine Hi,

You chose a good itinerary.the combo sailing. You will love your balcony cabin. I can't blame you one bit for being excited.

Bon Voyage.

Ciao,

Mike
#19
Sussex, England
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Originally posted by Doubletrouble_in_oz
Leaving Singapore on July 16th,Singapore, Phuket, Lankgawi, Singapore, Port Klang, Singapore. Splashing out on balcony cabins.
Justine - if you are interested a few pics of our cruise are on this site - just so you can see how awesome she is! http://community.webshots.com/album/220405302zHmstM
Hope you enjoy her! I spent a month down in WA [Fremantle] in March so have enjoyed many bottles of HWB in recent months! Cheers...
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#20
Perth, Australia
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Hi little britain,

Thank you for the link....the ship looks awesome. We have tentatively booked the balcony cabins, is the junior suite worth the extra expense (about A$300/per person) ? It looks luxurious!

Cheers,

Justine